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    Xerox Employees Use Green Tactics to Boost Savings, Earn Earth Awards
    Conn., DEC, 2010  — Just how small is small? It’s the question Xerox
    Corporation employees asked themselves when they set out to develop the
    smallest package possible for ColorQube(R) solid ink. The result: a
    smaller package made primarily of recycled material, and one of many
    green, employee-driven innovations that saved the company $10.2 million,
    and eliminated 2.6 million pounds of waste this year.”For 17 years our
    Earth Awards program has showcased how employees improve the business –
    and benefit the world — by eliminating waste,” said Patty Calkins,
    Xerox vice president, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability.
    “Xerox employees have a strong sense of pride attached to our legacy of
    being environmentally conscious.”This year more than 30 nominations came
    from Xerox facilities around the world — including Ireland, Canada,
    France, the United Kingdom and the United States.Judges considered
    innovation, direct benefits to Xerox, duration of the project and the
    documented, measurable results of each entry. Thirteen winners were
    chosen including:

    Wilsonville, Ore.: A research team developed
    the smallest package possible for ColorQube(R) solid ink. In addition to
    its small size, the packaging is made from 100 percent post-consumer
    recycled material for the tray and lid (provided by a local vendor), and
    a 43 percent recycled shipping box used for protection. Another team in
    Wilsonville adopted Xerox’s Energy Challenge 2012 program to reduce
    greenhouse gas emissions. Energy savings exceeded expectations with a
    total of 855,000 kWh saved in facility and operations equipment.
    Employees altered their workspace habits by limiting the energy used by
    office equipment and powering off lights with energy savings totaling
    852,000 kWh. Cost savings for the projects were more than $140,000.
    Webster, N.Y.: A team in Webster’s EA Toner plant developed a more
    efficient process to handle wastewater. The changes resulted in a 60
    percent reduction in wastewater sent offsite for disposal; a 50 percent
    reduction in the building’s waste generation; a 33 percent reduction in
    water required for mixing raw toner materials, and a 73 percent
    reduction in the amount of preparation time. Total cost savings was
    about $80,000 per year. Another team from Webster achieved a goal that
    at one time was viewed as unachievable — zero waste to landfill. The
    team redesigned the EA Toner plant sludge waste handling system to be
    used to convert waste to energy. As a result they eliminated 50,000
    pounds of waste that previously went to landfills, and saved $2,000 in
    operating cost. The system also helped improve safety conditions and
    boosted overall productivity. Grovepoint, Ohio: Using Lean Six Sigma
    tools, the team assessed and significantly reduced the amount of
    packaging material sent to the landfill each day. They installed
    equipment to compact Styrofoam and cardboard, eliminating 1.5 trailers
    of waste per day; developed a return process for wooden pallets, saving
    more than $738,000 per year; and created a reuse process for the
    overpack boxes, which saved $3,000 per month. Ontario, Canada: Using
    environmental sustainability messages to educate employees and drive
    revenue and sales, this team collaborated with the sales staff in a
    Sustainability Customer Presentation Certification program. The training
    reached 92 percent of the direct sales force and 70 percent of the
    agent representatives. The project now is being rolled out in Xerox
    North America. Dundalk, Ireland: Employees developed a process to
    reconstruct the DocuTech(R) DPI kits, which control the rate the ink is
    released on paper, rather than purchase new ones. The project eliminated
    32,000 kg of material previously sent to landfills, and saved more than